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Linda Armstrong Kelly and Dr. Robert Galvin Keynote URAC 10th Annual Quality Summit
Date:5/20/2009

Mother of Cycling Champion and General Electric Chief Medical Officer Join Health Care Leaders to Address Consumer Health Value

WASHINGTON, May 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- URAC, the leading health care accreditation and education organization, has announced Linda Armstrong Kelly, author, advocate and mother of cycling champion Lance Armstrong; and Robert Galvin, MD, Executive Director of Health Services and Chief Medical Officer for General Electric Company will be the keynote speakers at URAC's 10th Annual Quality Summit and Exhibit on October 7-8, 2009 at the Hilton El Conquistador Resort in Tucson, AZ. The conference attracts some of the nation's most powerful thought leaders and industry experts.

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"The Quality Summit is one of the best opportunities for health care professionals to interact with their peers and with industry thought leaders to learn best practices and improve their own organizations," said Alan P. Spielman, president and CEO of URAC. "With the dual focus of recognizing individual excellence in health care and enhancing health value for consumers, this year's Quality Summit is poised to be our best ever."

As the opening keynote speaker, Ms. Armstrong Kelly will tell her personal story of how her early life experiences helped form the values and positive attitude that both she and Lance carried forward into adulthood. She will also share excerpts from her best-selling book, No Mountain High Enough: Raising Lance, Raising Me. In his address, Dr. Galvin will discuss health care reform from an employer's perspective, offering insights on employers' struggles to determine whether reform alternatives will leave their company and their employees better off than the current system.

The URAC Quality Summit encapsulates the evolving need to nurture innovation within organizations, with an aim to inspire participants to surge ahead in pursuit of higher quality and creative approaches. This theme will be highlighted by the first annual Health Care Stars! Awards, which will honor health care professionals who directly impact the lives of consumers they serve. Nominations for these awards are still being accepted at http://www.urac.org/stars.asp.

In addition, this year's event will feature presentations from award-winning companies that were recognized earlier this year at the 2009 Best Practices in Health Care Consumer Empowerment and Protection Awards Conference.

For additional information or to register to attend the Summit, please visit http://www.urac.org/accreditationEducation/10thAnnualSummit.asp.

About URAC

URAC, an independent, nonprofit organization, is well known as a leader in promoting health care quality through its accreditation and education programs. URAC offers a wide range of quality benchmarking programs and services that keep pace with the rapid changes in the health care system, and provide a symbol of excellence for organizations to validate their commitment to quality and accountability. Through its broad-based governance structure and an inclusive standards development process, URAC ensures that all stakeholders are represented in establishing meaningful quality measures for the entire health care industry. For more information, visit www.urac.org.

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